- Law #1: If a bad guy can persuade you to run his program on your computer, it's not your computer anymore.
- Law #2:If a bad guy can alter the operating system on your computer, it's not your computer anymore.
- Law #3: If a bad guy has unrestricted physical access to your computer, it's not your computer anymore.
- Law #4: If you allow a bad guy to upload programs to your Web site, it's not your Web site anymore.
- Law #5: Weak passwords trump strong security.
- Law #6: A computer is only as secure as the administrator is trustworthy.
- Law #7: Encrypted data is only as secure as the decryption key.
- Law #8: An out of date virus scanner is only marginally better than no virus scanner at all.
- Law #9: Absolute anonymity isn't practical, in real life or on the Web.
- Law #10: Technology is not a panacea.
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
10 Computer Security Laws
I have recently begun reading posts from crime-research.org, and read an article this morning that discussed 10 constants in the IT security field. The ideas presented in this article should be part of the training program of any IT shop and all System Administrators and those who are in charge of Sys Admins should be aware of these concepts as well. The article lists the laws as follows: